Game 2014.40: Tigers 3, Indians 4

Standings Check:

Det   27-12   –
KC    22-21    7
Min  21-21    7.5
Chi   21-24    9
Cle   19-25   10.5

My car had a mechanical failure and I sat around in my work parking lot in Jams all day.

Lots to talk about, coming post-game.

Tonight’s Put Kelly in Coach Lineup:

1. Kinsler, 2B
2. Hunter, RF
3. Cabrera, 1B
4. Martinez, C
5. Kelly, CF
6. Castellanos, 3B
7. Avila, C
8. Romine, SS
9. Davis, LF

 

Postgame:

Corey Kluber struck out 7 of the first 12 outs he notched, and only 1 of the last 9.  His stuff was NASTY early on. BOOBS did a hell of a job to tie it up; twice.

I don’t think it’s useful to gang up on Romine’s (lack of) hitting. He was our third option at SS, and is doing a fine job defensively.

Smyly got lit up like a christmas tree. A 2.4 WHIP, over 5 innings, should not keep you in the game. The Indians are not good.

Coke was terrible, again. And yet his ERA plummeted by over 1/2 a run.

JV up tomorrow.

77 Comments

  1. Vince in MN

    May 19, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    “My car had a mechanical failure and I sat around in my work parking lot in Jams all day.”

    Is that anything like sitting around in Zubaz all day?

    • Kevin in Dallas

      May 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      I think Jams are better, but that’s just me.

  2. TIGERS RULE

    May 19, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Why is Smyly walking guys that are batting below the Mendoza line?

    • TIGERS RULE

      May 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      ….. and look what happens!

  3. Smoking Loon

    May 19, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Wow. I’ve never seen Smyly looking worse. Barely got out of there. Could be a long evening.

    • Vince in MN

      May 19, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Who is our long-man if Smyly flounders early? Ray is starting Thursday, so he’s out.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 19, 2014 at 8:13 pm

        Thru 3… Smyly still not pitching well. Getting through 6 will require a lot of help from the Indians. Which may be forthcoming, one hopes.

  4. Kevin in Dallas

    May 19, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Eduardo Perez is painful to listen to on ESPN. Switching back to Dan and Jim.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Indians TV guys made me switch to Mario and Rod.

      Boy is it quiet in Cleveland.

      • Vince in MN

        May 19, 2014 at 8:45 pm

        Even last year attendance was bad. That was a big part of why they didn’t spend this past winter.

  5. TIGERS RULE

    May 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Casty still has not figured out how to handle breaking pitches down and away. Until he does he is going to continue to be struck out by opposing pitchers with those type of pitches.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 19, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      It must look considerably different from Nick’s point of view, those predictable off-speed pitches away swung at and missed for strike three. If he saw how it looks from ours, he’d be pretty embarrassed.

  6. Smoking Loon

    May 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Ugly game. First time I’ve been tempted to turn one off this season. They’re not looking very 27-12 tonight.

    • Vince in MN

      May 19, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Sleep deprivation due to plane malfunction maybe, but what is Smyly’s excuse, he went ahead a day early.

  7. Smoking Loon

    May 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    If the Tigers had a long man (they don’t), now would be the time. Certainly no later than starting the 5th. Smyly simply doesn’t have it. It’s that bad.

    • Vince in MN

      May 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Reed can’t be too tired, he threw 5 pitches yesterday.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 19, 2014 at 9:17 pm

        Well, he might still be tired, from something or other.

  8. Vince in MN

    May 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 19, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Definitely.

    • PHToy in HK

      May 19, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Always!

  9. Smoking Loon

    May 19, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Never send Drew Smyly ahead of the team. Being alone in Cleveland was not good for young Drew. I welcome Coke, and Imean that most sincerely. Smyly’s gaffe in the 4th is among the stupidest plays I’ve seen in 2014.

  10. Vince in MN

    May 19, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Kluber has been the Tribe’s most reliable starter this year. He might go 9 tonight.

  11. jud

    May 19, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Strange that Castillanos can take a fastball the other way to right center but not the breaking ball…it looks like he is trying to pull the breaking ball and misses it completely….a lot!!.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      It is strange. Hope he learns. Some guys don’t.

  12. jud

    May 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Worth must be hurt how else can you explain batting an automatic 0-4 everday!??

  13. Vince in MN

    May 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Charge that run to Ausmus.

    • Vince in MN

      May 19, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      And that one. What an idiot.

  14. Smoking Loon

    May 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    To a man, the Tigers are a collection of hangovers. That’s how you lose to the Cleveland Astros.

    • Vince in MN

      May 19, 2014 at 9:08 pm

      Well, at least Cabrera and V-Mart can still hit hung over.

      • Smoking Loon

        May 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm

        I take that back about V-Mart and maybe Kelly. Miguel can probably still hit when he’s drunk.

  15. Angus

    May 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    It is pretty bad when I went from ESPN over to Indians broadcast because the obnoxious fan on the ESPN broadcast was really annoying me. They are really working Smyly to avoid Coke. Will see if Coke comes out at the top of the 6th. We are really lucky that this game is only 3-1 not 7 or 8 to 1.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 19, 2014 at 9:12 pm

      Agree. If this ends 3-1, it will be getting off easy.

      • Kevin in Dallas

        May 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        Kluber is pitching like an ace. Smyly was as bad as we’ll see him. But we’re still in it.

        Lots of baseball left.

        • Smoking Loon

          May 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm

          Still waiting for the baseball to start.

  16. Vince in MN

    May 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    C(ore)y Kluber.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 19, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Kluber wasn’t looking too good early, either. They let him get away.

  17. Kevin in Dallas

    May 19, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    O/U on Coke runs is 1.5. Place your bets.

  18. Angus

    May 19, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    With Coke what are the odds that it remains 3-1.

  19. Angus

    May 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Over. I think you should be at 3.5.

  20. Smoking Loon

    May 19, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    The Indians might be hung over, too. Different reasons.

  21. Judpma

    May 19, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Avila and Romine brothers of the “no hit” both take a hanging curveball for strike two then both swing at a pitch neither could hit with a tennis racquet……..meanwhile Worth and Holaday sit and sit and sit and siiiiiii………

  22. Smoking Loon

    May 19, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    6-1 after Santana. That’s my bet.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 19, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Glad to lose.

  23. Smoking Loon

    May 19, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Yes! Let the game begin at last.

  24. Angus

    May 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Wow, Coke, really. Reminds me when Ole Smokey left Jones out to pitch like 40 against Cleveland and lose the game.

  25. jud

    May 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Hey Smyly I have a good suggestion for the next time you pitch. Try and get your pitch all the way to the catcher in the air instead of on one bounce. Becuase if you come out of the game Coke comes in and you are really screwed!!! And those 15 pitches you bounced up there were all balls!!!

    • Smoking Loon

      May 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Yeah, incredible amount of bounced pitches and other pitches that missed low.

  26. Angus

    May 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    We need Miggy and Victor to come out with back to back home runs in the 8th.

  27. Kevin in Dallas

    May 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Coke’s habit of pointing at every fly ball is annoying to me. Especially when they leave the yard.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      He points at those, too?

  28. Smoking Loon

    May 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Good old Phil. Can’t wait to hear what a good pitch the 0-2 to Aguilar really was. I’m tipping my cap already.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      On the other hand… that was Castellanos’s run.

  29. jud

    May 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I knew the win streak was gonna end sometime BUT never in my wildest expectations did it occur to me it would be beacuse we finally used Phil Coke!!!!!

  30. Smoking Loon

    May 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Worth a challenge, but I think the Tigers are going to lose it.

  31. Angus

    May 19, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    We pull this one off with this lineup and we take the next two for sure. Not over yet but I really doubt that we will see Holaday, Jackson, or Worth. That at least would be trying to pull one out.

  32. Vince in MN

    May 19, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Don’t understand using Krol here. Don’t you want to save your LOOGY in case you tie it? And 2 of the 3 Indian batters are RH.

  33. Coleman

    May 19, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Don’t worry, we still have Romine coming up in the 9th.

  34. Angus

    May 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    A pinch hitter. What?

  35. Angus

    May 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Mr. Toledo to straight center. HOOOOOME RUN.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Only in Ohio.

  36. Kevin in Dallas

    May 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Rally Time

  37. Coleman

    May 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    JD TIME!!

  38. Vince in MN

    May 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    We have been waiting for quite a while for that J-Mart. Good timing.

  39. jud

    May 19, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I almost typed this yesterday that I would like to see JD hit a homer before going back to Toledo just to know he can……..well he can!!!!!!

  40. PHToy in HK

    May 19, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Now it gets interesting…

  41. Angus

    May 19, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Extrazz.

  42. PHToy in HK

    May 19, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Not good

  43. TIGERS RULE

    May 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Poor pitching to the only guy that could hurt you with the long ball!

  44. Judpma

    May 19, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Wasn’t gonna last forever!…..lets start a new streak tomorrow!

  45. KW

    May 19, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    So much for 150-12, though I guess I can settle for 149-13.

  46. jud

    May 19, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Can’t wait to read tomorrow how Phil Cokes great pitching almost saved that game…..in 1 and1/3 years Coke has 0 wins and 0 saves and makes over $1,000,000…nice gig!

  47. Smoking Loon

    May 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    A season in ruins
    It came apart in Cleveland town
    Ominous Zubaz

    O bitter ev’ning
    Brave lad Smyly now fallen
    Tragic figure Coke

    Bizarre it is to
    Lose to Astros in Ohio
    J.D.’s labors lost

    • Smoking Loon

      May 20, 2014 at 12:07 am

      Haiku is more difficult than it seems:

      Season in ruins
      It came apart in Cleveland
      Ominous Zubaz

      O bitter ev’ning
      Brave lad Smyly fallen
      Tragic figure Coke

      Bizarre the loss is
      To Astros in Ohio
      J.D.’s labors lost

      There.

      • Coleman

        May 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm

        I appreciate the effort. But I prefer Hai Karate.
        http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jtwh3nQP5Uo

        • Smoking Loon

          May 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm

          I’m pretty sure I saw that when it originally aired.

  48. Coleman

    May 20, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Stephen Drew is off the table, just signed with Red Sox for rest of season.

    • Smoking Loon

      May 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Phew.